The Mail Carriers of Wausau, Wisconsin - the First 50 Years - 1890-1940

This was compiled by Larry Lee Anklam, - (c) 2004  
If anyone has additional information on these men, please e-mail Shelley Green.  

Job Vaughn - 1842 - 1920  Civil War Veteran

John Egeler 1837 - 1930  Civil War Veteram

Henry Drake 1849 - 1917 

Fred Marquardt 1867 - 1944

 Anson Young - 1871 - 1928

Fred Becker 1872-1965,  Carrier years: 1893-1914.  Assistant postmaster years - 1914-1946.  Total of 53 years. In Spanish-American Wau 1898-1899, WWI in Naional Guard

Frank Anderson - 1871 - 1926

Hugo Fruechtl - 1879 - 1957

John Huckbody 1878 - 1953  Carrier years 1908 - 1948.  Nickname "Huck".  He worked until the age of 70, earning $50 a month in 1910 - that included 6 days a week and 1/2 days on holidays, 3 hours Sunday afternoons, and every 4th week, he had collections from city mail boxes on Sundays.

Adolph Auerbach -1882 - 1929

William Benz - 1886 - 1920

Max Klos - 1878 - 1950.  Carrier years 1910-1941.  Nickname "The Alpine Climber".  Native of Germany.  Delivered mail by bicycle in 1910.

Emil Buhse 1882 - 1950.  Carrier years 1911-1944.  Salary for a mail carrier when he started was $800. yearly.

Otto Kamke - 1886 - 1950

Stan Burek - 1887 -1965.  Carrier years 1914-1952.  Name was Stanislaus, nickname "Twenty-Mule-Team Burek".  He was a great athlete, and represented the US in the 440 dash in 1908 Olympics.

Frank Drake - 1879 - 1945

Herb Grob - 1895 - 1974.  Carrier years 1916 - 1955.  He was very active in Branch #215 and recieved many awards for his union affiliations.  He was in WWI.  He actually started as a Christmas carrier in the year 1909/

Walter Ehricke - 1894-1961.  Carrier years 1916-1959.  Nickname "Buck".  Wally drove the very first parcel post truck in Wausau in 1916.  

Seth Damon - 1893 - 1972

Zenas Pittsley - 1896 - 1984.  Carrier years 1917-1956.  Served under 8 postmasters.  Nickname: "Pitts" and "Uncle Sam".

Anton Hirsch  - 1894-1969.  Carrier years: 1920-1959.  Nickname "Tony".  WWI veterean.  He had 2440 hours of unused sickleave when he retired/

Mark Splaine - 1896-1985.  Carrier years 1920 - 1956.  Nickname "Candy Man".  He had a couple of great hobbies - raising German shepherd dogs and prize winning gladiolus.

Charles Bretzke 1901-1993

Elmer Bandy

William Wallschlager - 1869 - 1950

Oscar Bliese - 1901-1975. Carrier years 1924 - 1950.  Nickname "Okka".  He also worked as a clerk, assistant superintendent of mails.  He was instrumental in organized the Wausau Postal Credit Union in 1932.

Lester Murphy - 1907 - ?.  Carrier years 1926 - 1965.  Nickname "Murph".  Date of death unknown because he was not buried in Wausau and died in Janeville.

Elllsworth Cotey  - 1905 - 1964.  Carrier years 1926-1960. Nickname "Skud".  Walked over 100,000 miles during his mail carrier career.  He was the first and the youngest carrier to retire at the age of 55.

Ray Schulz - 1897 -1985.  Carrier years 1929 - 1948 when he transferred to Bakersfield, CA.  

Elmer Blank - 1896 - 1985   Carrier years 1929 - 1952.  He suffered a heart condition and was granted retirement disability.

Henry Schieler - 1897 - 1985.  Carrier years 1930-1967.  He started at the postoffce as a parcel post driver and he carried mail from 1937 until 1967.

Karl Hazen - 1906 - 1986.  Carrier years 1930 - 1965.  He was union president for 2 years and also secretary for 2 years.

Ray Marks - 1908 - ?  Carrier years 1929 - 1944.

Werner Zastrow 1903 - 1984.  Carrier years 1930 - 1965.  He was one of the most active members of  union activites in the history of Branch # 215.

Kermit Hagen - 1908 - 1984.  Carrier years 1931-1963.  Nickname "Kermy".  He was a fast walker and a good worker.

Harold Huseby - 1891 - 1963.  Carrier years 1929 - 1956.  He was also a lay preacher, and played semi-pro baseball.  He was a veteran of WWI.

Earl Ziesldrof - 1899 - 1957.  Postal career - 1916 Special Delivery Carrier, postal clerk, 1920-1923, 1934-1939, postal clerk, 1940-1944 - Parcel post carrier, 1944-1955 Parcel post carrier.  He was in WWI and WWII.  Earl left the service in 1955 on a disability retirement.

Wally Grob - 1904-1993

Ernest Brunner 1894 - 1982.  Carrier years 1940 - ?

Marvin Krenz 1907 - 1969.  Carrier years 1940 - 1969.  Nicknames: "Preacher" and "Foot in the bucket".  He was very active in the Postal Employees Credit Uniton and Branch #215, National Association of Letter Carriers.

Walter Ehricke - 1916



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